Bill J. Leonard, dean of the Wake Forest University Divinity School and noted church historian, gave a lecture the other night entitled “The Church: Joel Osteen, Mega-Churches and the Non-Denominationalizing of America.”
He said many interesting things, part of which includes the following:
For a variety of reasons, people are shunning traditional denominations in favor of huge nondenominational congregations across the country. . . The huge churches use marketing techniques, positive messages and ministries targeting specific age groups to draw their members, Leonard said.
Leonard sees younger clergy members shunning sectarian warfare in doctrinal issues and migrating toward ecumenism, a movement promoting unity among Christian churches or denominations. At the same time, some spiritual people now see themselves as “believers, not belongers” to a certain denomination, Leonard said.
“We wonder if it’s a new Reformation, or just a new ecumenical fad,” Leonard said.
Basically, his point is that the church is a slick marketing tool that has to do with getting people in the doors. In order to do this, they will forsake doctrine to create “unity.” Megachurches, in his opinion, are a major demonstration of ecumenical ideas and thus, in my opinion, saying that megachurches are aiding the coming of the One World Religion and the End of the World.
Wow, chew on that for awhile.